Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Maybe This is an Option for Israel

The English lead:-

Bad teachers 'have to be axed to save weak schools'

Incompetent teachers should be sacked to revive failing comprehensives, headmasters were told yesterday.

The drastic move was among a number of hardline measures recommended in a report drawn up by educational leaders.

They also said disruptive pupils should face immediate action to help staff restore discipline.

The report was produced by Robert Hill, who was an adviser to Tony Blair, in conjunction with the Association of School and College Leaders.

Drawing on Government research and guidance, the study said that top-performing schools can help to transform standards by taking over weak comprehensives.

The study said that staff from the lead school should "saturate" the weaker school and enforce changes in the first days of a takeover.

"The lead school will conduct a short analysis and confront the partner school with the realities of the situation and the underlying problems that have been ducked," the report said.

"They will identify staff who are in effect hardened blockers of progress and deal with them.

"In some cases individuals in the underperforming school will recognise that the increased expectations and pace are too much for them and leave without the need for formal procedures.

"But others may have to be persuaded or required to go - though the number of 'casualties' in terms of staff (and students) is often relatively small."

The researchers described the takeover process as "wiping the memory of the partner school and reprogramming it".

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